Books: The Unteachable Molly

TO A YOUNG ACTRESS (192 pp.)—Edited and with an introduction by Peter Tompkins—Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. ($8.50).

In the ancient myth Pygmalion breathes life into his statue Galatea through love. It was typical of Bernard Shaw, one of the last of the great 19th century rationalist optimists, that in his Pygmalion, Professor Henry Higgins teaches Eliza Doolittle into existence. Give Shaw an actress, a breed he regarded as intrinsically brainless, and the sage would begin playing post office, or frequently postcard. Absence definitely made Shaw's heart grow fonder, and for added emotional insurance...

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